21 March 2018
The DUP’s East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has challenged Sinn Fein to explain why it has ignored the outcome of a Translink consultation on Irish language destination signage in Londonderry.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
Mr. Campbell said,
“Around this time last year, Sinn Fein in Londonderry claimed they had been lobbying Translink since February 2015 for a consultation about bilingual destination signage on scheduled Ulsterbus service vehicles in the area.
A consultation process was carried out in the Spring of 2017. The results were forwarded to the Department of Infrastructure late last year. Earlier this year, I submitted a Freedom of Information request seeking the consultation outcome. The detailed response was:
- 9,421 people responded to the consultation
- Less than one quarter were in favour of the proposed bilingual signage
- 76% did not favour bilingual signage
- Of the 9,421 people who completed the survey almost 7,000 were against the idea.
This survey, requested by Sinn Fein, has demonstrated that there is very little appetite for Irish language signage even when Sinn Fein promotes it.
Either Sinn Fein is aware of this consultation outcome and has decided to keep it hidden or Sinn Fein is unaware of the outcome and didn't ask because they were afraid of what the outcome might be. The public have a right to know which it is?”